||One of the most important priorities of the YOUTH
program is to give access to
the activities within the Program to young people with less opportunities.
Whilst this target group is by no means restricted from taking part in long term
E. V. S projects, its access to E. V. S is facilitated by the possibility of
short-term voluntary service projects.
The duration of a short-term E. V. S project should be between 3 weeks and six
If the project involves a young person with less opportunities, it is
recommended that applicants envisage an advance planning visit to the host
country and include it in the application. This visit should not take place
until the application is approved and would normally last two days (travel
For short-term voluntary projects simultaneously hosting more than four
volunteers in the same host organization, a special agreement has to be entered
into with the National Agency and approved by the European Commission.
What are the specific criteria?
The criteria for this type of project are the same as for long-term activities
(see section D.3), with a special emphasis on the following elements concerning
the support provided to the volunteer:
|Sending organizations should provide preparation tailored to the
volunteer's specific needs.|
|Host organizations should provide a high level of personal support during
the volunteer's stay.|
|Sending and host organizations should provide a coherent and solid
educational content geared to the volunteer's individual ability and needs.|
|Sending organizations should provide follow-up guaranteeing a worthwhile